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2 Nov 2022

Full-Time Field Botanist (Full-Time, Temporary)

San Diego Natural History Museum – Posted by San Diego, California, United States

Job Description

The Department of Bioservices at the San Diego Natural History Museum has an opening for a Field Botanist. This position is a full time (40 hours per week), term position, for a period of 18 months (ending 30 June 2024). The term may be extended pending suitable funding. All work is funded through grants and contracts.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is run and operated by the San Diego Society of Natural History, a private non-profit scientific organization incorporated in 1874. The Museum’s mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.

Within the Museum, the Department of Bioservices coordinates contracting for biological surveys and monitoring of the region’s birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, plants, and invertebrates, with an emphasis on applied ecological research. The Department of Botany houses a research collection of nearly 300,000 specimens of native and naturalized plants of the southwestern United States (especially southern California) and northwestern Mexico (especially Baja California).


Conduct field investigations of the flora throughout the region, including remote areas. Work in remote areas may require camping at field sites.  Anticipated upcoming work includes comprehensive floristic surveys, rare plant surveys and mapping, vegetation mapping, butterfly host plant mapping, and diseased tree surveys. Applicants must be experienced in identifying and mapping the flora of southern California, skilled in using keys to identify plant species, and proficient in collecting plant specimens.

Other duties may include specimen preparation, data analysis, and report writing.

  • A M.S. in botany or a related discipline, or a combination of professional experience and botanical knowledge equivalent to a graduate degree.
  • Extensive knowledge of the flora of San Diego County and surrounding regions.
  • Knowledge of GIS mapping, and/or statistical analyses of data sets is preferred but not required.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs., and hike up to three miles in rough terrain.
  • Have a valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record.

In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered.

This full-time, temporary position includes benefits such as health insurance, vacation, 15 paid holidays, free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

Salary: $29.17/hour.

Start date: 1 February 2023

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Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 19 days.

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